South Whitehall Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports 415 children participated in this summer’s playground program, 75 more than last year.
Locations were set up at the Cetronia, Kratzer, and Parkway Manor elementary schools and were guided by South Whitehall Recreation Program Specialist Page Durflinger and 30 counselors, mostly college students.
Group trips were taken to an IronPigs game, a trampoline park and Beltzville State Park for a fossil hunt.
Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reports heavy rains on or about Aug. 13 caused numerous sinkholes to appear on district properties.
He said several fairly large ones showed up at the northwest corner of the administration building, two at Orefield Middle School, one at Springhouse Middle School and one at Jaindl Elementary School.
A 20-foot-wide sinkhole forced closure of the access road, School District Way, at Orefield Middle School.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, welcomes the community to the 15th annual Blues Nite Out in the grove.
The event begins on Aug. 24 with Jake Kaligis and his band onstage 7-10 p.m.
The next night, Bev Conklin and her band will perform 4-6:30 p.m. Vocalist Sarah Ayers and harmonica player James Supra will entertain 7-10 p.m. Saturday.
Organizer Phil Wehr reports the musicians have won multiple awards in the Lehigh Valley.
“The bands enjoy coming up to our church grove to perform for the community and to bring live music to the area,” Wehr said.
South Whitehall commissioners have offered conditional employment to eight individuals for entry level positions as patrol officers.
At the Aug. 15 meeting, Chief Glen Dorney reported some of the officers will be replacements. Others will be additional positions to the force, which currently stands at 37, including himself.
He noted two vacancies exist and three retirements are anticipated.
The chief is expecting to have 42 officers on the staff in 2019.
The Ironton Rail Trail Commission has undertaken a project to build a 44-foot by 30-foot pavilion near the playing fields and basketball courts at the North Whitehall Township Municipal Complex.
The structure will be located at the trail head of the IRT on North Whitehall land and will belong to the township.
Available as a resting place or shelter for trail users, the pavilion was built for participants and spectators at the athletic fields, and as a starting place for fundraisers by charitable organizations having various “runs” on the trails.
South Whitehall’s police K-9 program is in the process of acquiring a new dog to take the place of Cirrus who retired last year.
Police Capt. Jason Negron spoke to The Press at the July 18 commissioners’ meeting.
“It looks promising to be soon,” Negron said.
He said the dog will probably be a Dutch Shepherd with a brindle coat, a breed typically longer and leaner than a German shepherd dog.
The dog will come from Holland where it will receive training in tracking, bite work and commands.
Negron said bite work may be necessary to capture bad guys.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will have the 10:30 a.m. worship service outdoors in the grove on Aug. 12.
The service will be followed by a picnic with fun, fellowship and food.
During the worship service, Holy Ground from Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge will present inspiring faith stories and music.
Pa. Adult and Teen Challenge is a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation treatment center which offers an inpatient clinical arrangement and a long-term residential faith-centered program.
The Parkland School Board has approved Patricia Denicola for a newly created position as an additional assistant director of business administration.
She joins an office which includes Director of Business Administration John Vignone and Assistant Director of Business Administration Frank Pearn.
District Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the new position during the July 24 meeting.
“We have a growing amount of staff,” Sniscak said. “When we lost our benefits coordinator, we restructured.
Looking ahead to the new school term, the Parkland School Board has approved salaries for central administrators and the Act 93 group is comprised of 60 non-union staff in supervisory positions.
District Superintendent Richard Sniscak’s salary will be $181,870 and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman will receive $162,088 for the 2018-19, term.
Business Manager John Vignone will receive $161,187.
The Act 93 salaries include a 2.5-percent increase over the previous year.
A quarter-mile section of Mauch Chunk Road in South Whitehall, from the north side of the Route 22 overpass to 18th Street will be paved this year.
A bid of $271,752 for the project was awarded to Livengood Excavators at a recent South Whitehall commissioners meeting.
Public Works Manager Jeff Clapper said the roadway, which once belonged to PennDOT, needs to be improved.
He cautioned once the work begins, costs might increase 5 percent to 6 percent over the contracted price but will still be within the budgeted amount.